Following the success of Turner and the Elements in 2012, Turner Contemporary presents a major exhibition of work by JMW Turner and the fullest survey of the artist’s watercolours of Margate yet to be shown at the gallery.
JMW Turner: Adventures in Colour is the first exhibition to examine this fundamental theme in relation to Turner, exploring the familiar outline of his life and art in a new way. Colour is the essence of JMW Turner’s work, and his distinctive, sometimes eccentric use of vibrant colour was central to his success as an artist.
Featuring more than 100 works in both oil and watercolour, the exhibition highlights Turner’s engagement with developments in colour theory and his adoption and exploitation of new materials. Beginning with the more traditional ‘Old Master’ aesthetic that Turner quickly matched and then superseded, the exhibition charts the impact made by the artist’s experimental techniques.
JMW Turner: Adventures in Colour is curated by art historian Ian Warrell and will be exhibited at the Caumont Art Centre, Aix-en-Provence, from 4 May to 18 September 2016.
This autumn his namesake gallery brings together more than 100 works that emphasise his bold and brilliant experiments with colour. It includes many of his Margate watercolours – the most to have ever been displayed in one exhibition.